HUNTINGTON – The Marshall women’s basketball team picks up its fourth win of the season after playing a tough matchup with NJIT (0-3), getting the win 63-50 in the Cam Henderson Center Sunday afternoon.
“We didn’t have our best stuff today,” Head Coach Matt Daniel said after the win. “We just didn’t look into it. But, we were still able to grind it out and figure out a way to win the game.”
Leah Scott (Detroit, Mich.) set the tone with her first double-double of the year with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Scott and freshman Shayna Gore (Logan, W.Va.), who scored 17 points, were the only Herd players in double figures.
In the first quarter, the Herd was down 18-10 but rallied together to go on an 11-0 run that spanned 6:23 of the game clock from the first to the second quarter to gain its first lead. Gore scored eight of the Herd’s points during the run.
The first half was a back and forth battle as the score was tied twice and there were 13 lead changes. Scott and Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) made some big plays defensively combining for five blocked shots in the half. Romero ended the game with four blocks and moved into fifth place all-time with 93. Marshall tied the score at 31-31 on the last play of the half when Norrisha Victrum (Columbia, S.C.) found Romero wide open in the paint for a quick layup.
For the Highlanders, Kelly Guarino scored 12 points within the first half of the first quarter. The Herd defense then shut her out for the rest of the half.
Coming out from halftime, Guarino scored the first points of the half with her fifth 3-pointer of the game. The Herd then regained the lead off of three points by Scott and a free throw from Talequia Hamilton (Huntington, W.Va.). Marshall would keep the lead for the remainder of the game.
“We didn’t turn the ball over a whole lot, but we didn’t really assist a whole lot either,” Coach Daniel said. “They (NJIT) tried to slow the game down, they tried to throw us off our tempo, but Leah (Scott) didn’t let that happen.”
Romero and Gore were the leaders coming off the bench helping to make great plays defensively as well as scoring a combined 26 points. “It was huge,” Coach Daniel said in talking about Gore and Romero. “Either one of them could be in the starting lineup, but it’s not about that. It’s about having the right pop off the bench at the right time.”
Scott reached a new milestone with 900 career points after making both free throws midway through the third quarter. She has scored in double figures now in 14 straight games going back to last season and grabbed her 350th career rebound while reaching the double-double. Another milestone gained in the game was Norrisha Victrum is now eight overall in program history with 287 assists passing Sikeetha Shepard-Hall (2002-06).
Next up the Herd will get a few days rest before welcoming Cornell to the Cam Henderson Center as part of a Herd basketball doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 27. The women tipoff with Cornell at 4 p.m., while the men’s team matchup with James Madison at 7:30 p.m. Fans who purchase tickets for the women’s game will also have admission to the men’s game.